some interesting enamel dial watches to be auctioned soon

The two final auctions of the year will be held by Christies in Hong Kong (Nov 29) and and Antiquorum in New York (Dec 5)

A few enamel dial watches are worth having a closer look at in terms of rarity and execution

Christies Hong Kong Nov 29

Lot 2950 Audubon Birds of America: Launched in 1997 the Audubon Birds of America series consited of a series of 10 watches (made in 10 pieces each) with cloisonné enamel dials inspired by the works of naturalist JJ Audubon.

Estmated at HK$120,000 - 180,000 (US$15,000-23,000, €11,000-16,500)

some interesting enamel dial watches to be auctioned soon

Lot 2955 Mercator Japan dial: A platinum Mercator model made for the Japanese market and depicting an ancient map of Japan as drawn by Dutch cartographer Mercator in the late 17th century. It is a limited edition of 30 pieces.

Estimate HK$ 320,000 - HK$480,000  (US$40,000-60,000, €30,000-44,000) 

some interesting enamel dial watches to be auctioned soon

some interesting enamel dial watches to be auctioned soon

Antiquorum New York Dec 5

Lot 204 Mercator North America: A platinum Mercator model made for the American market and depicting an ancient map of the US and inspired by the  works of Dutch cartographer Mercator in the late 17th century. It is a limited edition of 10 pieces (probably the rarest of the Mercator models) Estimate: $25,000 - 30,000 (€17,000 - 20,000)

some interesting enamel dial watches to be auctioned soon

some interesting enamel dial watches to be auctioned soon

(scan courtesy of Paul Butros)

Re: some interesting enamel dial watches to be auctioned soon
11/23/2007 - 16:35

Very nice models. The Japan map is, I think, the most beautiful, really centered in the dial.

But mine is enough at this time...

For the Audubon watch, what is the button at 7 used for?

Can you send also pics, Alex, of the other existing dials, with the other birds?

All the best, Patrice

the Audubon series actually have a hinged back and the button springs
11/23/2007 - 16:58

it open.

Here are some photos of the other series (unfortunately I don't have all 10)

The case was also used for non bird related dials:

Re: the Audubon series actually have a hinged back and the button springs
11/23/2007 - 17:52

Most important - Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate a true fat guys day at the plate!

I enjoy the birds that come to our feeders around our breakfast nook, but these birds, WOW

Did or does Vacheron make a simple enamel dial, that I could read similar to a PP #5115?

What makes me think that they did and this will send Doc to the box for a scan? Best, Miki

the only current "simple" enamel dial model is the Chronometre Royal
11/23/2007 - 18:01
Re: the only current "simple" enamel dial model is the Chronometre Royal
11/24/2007 - 20:10

Thanx Alex,

Now when and where do I rob what bank so I can have one?

Best Miki

not really my cup of tea...
11/23/2007 - 17:54

no offense to any Loungers, but these are not my favourite VCs

I respect and appreciate all the work that has gone into the dials, but I do not like them as part of a watch. Having said that, I am not anti-enamel - although I did not like in the "Alexander the Great" piece the sculpture, I really liked the enamel backgroung.

I much prefer the back to the front - the movement is beautifully finished!

And anyway, I've got no more money!

Alex, why they put "AMERICA" as a title of
11/23/2007 - 16:59

the America Mercator and avoid (fortunately) any title on the Japan's one?

maybe someone needed a reminding? (nt)
11/23/2007 - 17:02

.

But the map is clear!
11/23/2007 - 17:26

.

you know LN its like putting the word 'Chronograph" on a
11/23/2007 - 17:30

chronograph watch! Some things remain a mystery...

"AMERICA" is worst than the word 'Chronograph"
11/23/2007 - 18:30

.

Re: But the map is clear!
11/23/2007 - 19:08

Actually the map is a bit confusing.

Apart from Central America there is not much resemblance to North America, so perhaps the name "America" is put there for people to whom it is not immediately obvious that it depicts North and Central america as well as a little bit of S. America.

Furthermore the map has the names of Canada and the United States written more or less appropriately although I believe the actual map predates 1867 (year of Canadian Confederation) and 1776 (year of the American revolution) The 2 countries did not go under their respective present-day names until those years.

So much for clarity

Regards,

Joseph

Funny enough I know at least two guys,
11/23/2007 - 18:16

who could get richer or prouder !

That's the big question !

Money, there are everywhere,

but those watches only some lucky bastards have

But both of them I do love

Cheers

Doc

Re: some interesting enamel dial watches to be auctioned soon
11/23/2007 - 20:33

Thanks Alex! The Mercator is MAGIC!!!

The enaml work of the actual Chronometer Royal is really nice, but i don't really love the watch...